Major public engagement initiatives
We run nationwide public engagement initiatives about health and science. Our work has connected millions of people with research in new ways.
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What are major initiatives and why do we do them?
Major initiatives bring together connected activities to explore a common theme. They reach people using several channels at once, such as:
- sending out teaching resources
- running events for families
- creating TV programmes and games
- commissioning artists, designers and creative projects
- bringing together researchers and the public to discuss and share ideas.
We develop major initiatives to connect people and researchers, and to help everyone look at issues in new ways. It’s important to us that our initiatives encourage debate and value everyone's contributions.
We run them when we see one or more of the following:
- a need that's specific to an audience or topic
- an opportunity to engage people across the UK
- a chance to try a new approach to public engagement.
How we support public engagement initiatives
Our public engagement team runs initiatives directly.
We work with other organisations for the greatest impact on research and on the public. We do this through a combination of partnerships and commissioning.
Our major public engagement initiatives
Initiatives run with external partners
- The Crunch is our latest initiative, running throughout 2016. It helps people explore the connections between our food, our health and our planet.
- In the Zone looked at how people’s bodies work during sport, activity, movement and rest.
- Darwin200 marked 200 years since Darwin was born. To celebrate, we created resources including kits for schools and the Tree of Life animation.
- Wonder: Art and science on the brain explored the relationship between art and neuroscience. We ran this in partnership with Barbican Centre and the British Neuroscience Association.
Initiatives run with Wellcome Collection
These national events were all inspired by Wellcome Collection exhibitions.
- The Identity Project explored our sense of who we are and our understanding of human identity.
- The Dirt Season examined dirt and our complicated relationship with it. It included the exhibition Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life.
- The Sexology Season used events programmes across the UK to ask what we know about sex, and how we know it.
If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Babb
Our latest initiative
Explore the connections between our food, our health and our planet with The Crunch.